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Legacy's Wayne Voorhees named High School Coach of the Week

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —The Denver Broncos named Wayne Voorhees of Legacy High School as their NFL High School Coach of the Week presented by the Colorado National Guard.

The Legacy Lightning improved to 5-2 on the season with their fourth straight victory, a 52-20 rout of Fossil Ridge High School. Voorhees' squad has piled up 143 points in the four consecutive wins, and has allowed only 82 points defensively.

Senior captain and RB Connor Connolly led the way with 79 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Fossil Ridge. Junior OLB/RB Evan Baugh led the defense with two interceptions.

"We knew going into the season that we had a good senior class and a good junior class," Voorhees said. "The kids have bought into it. They've been doing a great job of executing."

Legacy's two losses have come in tight games against teams that currently have 6-1 records. With two games left on the docket, Voorhees has positioned the Lightning for a run at the Class 5A Frontier Range League Championship.

"The whole school has given us great school spirit, which our kids feed off," Voorhees said. "And we've said all along that we want to play for a league championship."

Voorhees, 41, is a Thornton, Colo. native and graduated from Horizon High School in 1991, where he was a linebacker on their football team. He served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1993-99, while earning degrees in history and secondary education at Metro State University (1996). Voorhees continued his education and received a master's in the art of teaching from Grand Canyon University in 1999 and a master's in education administration in 2004 from the University of Phoenix. He was an assistant coach at Legacy from 2000-02 before being promoted to head coach in 2003, where he currently coaches and teaches physical education.

The Denver Broncos will recognize 10 High School Coach of the Week honorees during the regular season, as well as a Coach of the Year at the end of the season. The program is presented by the Colorado National Guard with a selection committee led by The Denver Post's Neil Devlin. The committee also includes Broncos Ring of Fame defensive back Billy Thompson and 850 KOA's Andy Lindahl.

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